Laser cut bicycle wallet
Laser cut bicycle wallet
Laser cut bicycle wallet

I've been needing a new wallet for a while, so I decided to laser cut myself one, based on this instructable with a couple updates. Jbagnol's wallet is pretty cool, but they didn't include their work file. I also wanted to give instructions for those without a laser cutter.

Iím lucky enough to have free access to a laser cutter and colleagues who leave large enough scraps in the trash, so I used 1/16th inch plywood. However, if you donít have access to a laser cutter, you could make a version out of cardboard, card stock, or mat board and an exacto knife. If youíre doing an exacto knife version, be on the lookout for thick card stock, kind of like what a cereal or tissue box is made out of, rather than corrugated shipping cardboard. You could even laminate or cover with clear shipping tape (the poor personís version of laminating) for additional support.

If you're doing this without a laser cutter:

  • print the attached .png and cut along the dotted lines. This will be your pattern.
  • Use the pattern and trace it onto your heavy cardstock
  • Cut the cardstock with an exacto knife. (You might wish to forego the keychain holder, since it is the most fragile component)
  • place cards between cardstock covers and attach with rubber bands, elastic, or bicycle tubing
  • decorate, if you wish!

    Materials:

  • laser cutter or scissors/exacto knife
  • 1/16 in plywood or heavy cardstock
  • small piece of spare bike tube, rubber bands, or other elastic.
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    wallet instructables.pdf657 KB

    Step 1: Designing wallet in illustrator

    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
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    See annotated images!

  • Begin by measuring your wallet.
  • Add thumb tabs to facilitate removing cards.
  • Indent so elastic band won't slip
  • Optionally, add keychain tab/hole
  • Add engravable elements
  • Color code and set appropriate thickness for your laser cutter.

    Step 2: Laser cut it! (or exacto knife/scissors)

    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet

    I used 1/16th inch plywood with vector set at 100% power, 15% speed and raster set at 100% power, 80% speed. Those settings are highly dependent on your laser cutter and material. Illustrator-editable PDF is available in intro for laser cutting, or use the .png and cut on the dotted lines.

    See annotated images!

    Step 3: Put it together!

    Laser cut bicycle wallet
    Laser cut bicycle wallet

    I used a piece of an old bike tube to hold my wallet together. The cards are placed between the two plywood sheets. It's pretty sturdy so far! Let me know if you have any questions!

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